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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2010
Darius is the first African-American to top the country charts since Charlie Pride did it over 20 years ago.
`Learn To Live' is a great album. Difficult to select a favourite track as I like them all.
"All I Want" He tells her `You were my world, but now it's over you can take the house, the money, the Cadillac, the diamond ring, the shoes you said you couldn't live without, because "All I Want" now is some peace and quiet, just leave me alone'. A fun song, plus Brad Paisley on guitar.
"Don't Think I Don't Think About It" Tells the tale of him leaving in a cloud of dust and deciding that this time he is not going to turn around and go back to her. He realizes that we all make choices we have to learn to live with, but often regret our actions. Later she marries, he wonders if he ever crosses HER mind.
It made No.1 in Country Charts.
Another song to enter the charts, tells the story of a couple bringing their newborn baby home but the first week the baby cries all night. His wife assures him "It Won't Be Like This For Long". Four years later he takes his little girl to school for the first time, she clings to him and cries, but teacher says that she will soon settle in, and it won't be like this for long. Too soon she is a teenager, years pass and he walks her down the aisle, he realizes he must cherish every moment as "It Won't Be Like This For Long". A tear jerker for everyone with a daughter.
A fine album with excellent musical backing. Darius does justice to every song.
Rita
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2010
This is great! Got a nice old fashioned feel to it - reminds me of Charlie Pride. I'd never even heard of this guy but Amazon reckoned I'd like him, so I read other reviews, bought the album and it's really good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2010
I bought this because I was a fan of Hootie and the Blowfish. Was a bit gutted that they broke off - having seen them in concert - they were brilliant. It was a relief that I found out that the lead singer still has a new CD. The CD is absolutely wonderful and I just love all the songs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2009
I took a while before deciding to buy this album. I enjoyed most of his work with the Hooties but I hadn't heard any tracks from his solo stuff. Then I saw his performance on the Country Music Awards show and decided to take the plunge.

This is a seriously great album and deserves some support this side of the water. If you get the chance give it a listen, especially if you know his work with Hootie and the Blowfish.

I have also just ordered his first solo CD from the US - "Back to Then" (you cant get it here).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2009
Darius Rucker has always been known as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish,but now he's doing it on his own.And not only that,but he's decided to go down the country music route and it definitely has paid off for him.
Learn To Live shows us that Darius is a country boy at heart and from the amount of success he is having now,it's not gonna change anytime soon.And rightly so!
It includes the big hits Don't Think I Don't Think About It and It Won't Be Like This For Long,he really shines on these two fantastic songs.There's also the very catchy All I Want where he's joined by Brad Paisley on electric guitar and While I Still Got The Time which provides us with some great group vocals,which never get old in country music.Some other gems include History In The Making and Forever Road.
He slows things down with songs like the heartfelt I Hope They Get To Me In Time and the lovely ballad If I Had Wings,which has Alison Krauss and Vince Gill on harmonies.
Darius' soulful voice shines with this music and it makes you wonder why he didn't become a country music artist sooner.He wrote all the songs with some of Nashville's best songwriters and it's produced by the fantastic Frank Rogers(Brad Paisley,Josh Turner).So you simply can't go wrong with this beauty.Highly recommended!

Prime cuts: All I Want, Don't Think I Don't Think About It, It Won't Be Like This For Long, While I Still Got The Time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2010
First heard 'Don't think I don't think about it' playing on the radio whilst on holiday in the States, both my husband and i couldn't get the song out of our heads and I picked up a copy of the 'Learn to Live' CD before we came back to the UK. I can honestly say that it is one of the best albums I have ever bought, I love every song on there. I often think that if more people listened to Darius Rucker then the world would be a much better place. I don't know how the man does it but he's a lyrical genius, buy this album - you'll see what I mean!
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on 12 June 2013
It's a good enough album with a bit of an old fashioned feel. Rucker obviously hasn't settled on a style or one thing that singles him out as himself. One example would be the song which Brad Paisley plays on sticks out a mile. I knew it was him on it before I even checked the inlay. The Album feels like he doesn't have a set style which is good if you like a mix of country styles like me. An enjoyable album and I think I would probably have to buy another of his albums before settling on whether I really liked his music or not.
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on 10 December 2009
I took a while before deciding to buy this album. I enjoyed most of his work with the Hooties but I hadn't heard any tracks from his solo stuff. Then I saw his performance on the Country Music Awards show and decided to take the plunge.

This is a seriously great album and deserves some support this side of the water. If you get the chance give it a listen, especially if you know his work with Hootie and the Blowfish.

I have also just ordered his first solo CD from the US - "Back to Then" (you cant get it here).
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on 22 May 2013
This is by far the best of his solo albums, every track on it is worth listening to, and you will want to over & over again, I was a huge Hootie fan, and wondered what a solo country album would be like, but it truly is great. From the start with Forever Road you will travel the winding life of the album, and with Darius Ruckers unmistakable soulful voice, which he has added some country twang to, I do believe you'll love it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2008
Certainly not up to the sound and quality of albums such as cracked rear view but an entertaining and to be fair a more novel approach from Rucker. Some of the tracks are indeed catchy but have a more country sound and maybe a little more of that deep south tone than with Hootie. Its an enjoyable album, certainly not a bad one but I cant say it's a better over all album than previous efforts with the band. Not as complex, comprehensive or full a sound as Hootie but it offers more of a glimpse into Rucker himself. Certainly worth listening to for Hootie fans, an album I dont regret buying but slightly disappointing in light of previous albums.
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